A type of chronic skin disease is known as rosacea. It has four subtypes and each of them has its own set of symptoms. An individual can have more than one subtype of rosacea at a time. The eruption of small, red, pus-filled bumps on the skin during flare-ups is a major symptom of rosacea. Normally, your nose, cheeks and forehead are the areas which rosacea affects. The symptoms of rosacea can be present for weeks or months at a stretch and then go away and then suddenly return.

Types of rosacea

There are four types of rosacea, which are:
     • Subtype one: The term given to it is erythematotelangiectatic rosacea (ETR). Facial redness, visible blood vessels and flushing are the symptoms associated with it.
     • Subtype two:  Acne-like breakout is a major symptom associated with this, which is known as papulopustular (or acne) rosacea. In middle-aged women, this type is mostly found.
     • Subtype three: This type, known as rhinophyma, is a rare form of rosacea. In this condition, the skin on your nose becomes thick. Another type of rosacea accompanies it and it usually affects men.
    • Subtype four: The symptoms of this, which is known as ocular rosacea, centre on the eye area.
Symptoms of rosacea

The symptoms of rosacea are different according to the subtypes. You should consult a specialist at the doctor clinic in Hooghly if you have these symptoms.

Some symptoms of rosacea ETR:
• The centre of the face has flushing and redness.
• There are visibly broken blood vessels.
• The skin is swollen.
• There is a feeling of burning and stinging in the skin.
• The skin is dry, rough and scaly.

Some symptoms of acne rosacea:
• The skin is red and there are acne-like breakouts.
• The skin is oily and sensitive.
• There are visibly broken blood vessels.
• There are raised patches of skin.

Some symptoms of thickening skin:
• There is a bumpy skin texture.
• The skin on the nose, chin, forehead, cheeks and ears becomes thick.
• There are large pores on the skin.
• There are visibly broken blood vessels.

Some symptoms of ocular rosacea:
• The eyes are watery and they have bloodshot in them.
• The eyes feel gritty.
• There is a burning or stinging sensation in the eyes.
• The eyes are dry and itchy.
• The eyes are sensitive to light.
• There are cysts on the eyes.
• There is a diminished vision.
• There are broken blood vessels on eyelids.

Ways to control the symptoms

You must use gentle cleansers and oil-free, water-based skin-care products. You should avoid products containing alcohol, menthol and exfoliating agents as the symptoms may worsen by the use of these ingredients. The best doctor in Uttarpara will discuss with you the treatment plan. The treatment usually involves the use of antibiotic creams and oral antibiotics. You should also take other steps to manage the symptoms.